Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a day at work. Especially if you’re trying to get out of work early enough to reach the game, can’t, and then get stuck in traffic. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were driving.
The Padres lost to Colorado 3-1 yesterday, splitting the 4-game series with the Rockies. San Diego pretty much owned the first half of the game, especially Ian Kennedy who retired the first 12 in a row and faced the minimum through 5 innings. Xavier Nady put the Padres ahead 1-0 in the fourth with his third home run of the year, hitting Morales’ 3-2 pitch off the facade in left field.
Kennedy also no-hit the Rockies for five, raising hopes this might be THAT day. Sadly, once again it was not to be. The third base bag should get an assist (hockey reference) on the first hit Kennedy allowed. Nolan Arenado practically rolled the ball up the third base line; it hit the bag and bounced and over Alexi Amarista‘s head for a double. With normalcy restored, Kennedy worked out of trouble, but the Padres were unable to generate any offense to extend their lead. After Nady’s HR San Diego managed only 2 more hits the rest of the game.
Colorado finally got to Kennedy in the seventh. A one-out double by Corey Dickerson, followed by a walk to Troy Tulowitzki, brought Justin Morneau to the plate. His line drive to right was misplayed by Chris Denorfia into a double, tying the score. In that fifth inning, with a runner on third and one out, and the pitcher hitting, Bud Black had played the infield in. With the game tied in the seventh, one out, and runners on second on third, he elected to play them back. Wilin Rosario hit a slow roller to Everth Cabrera, who had no play at the plate on Tulowitzki. It was a curious decision by Black. Arenado then singled home Morneau with the final run.
San Diego had one more gasp. Denorfia led off the ninth with a single, and Jedd Gyorko lined the next pitch a long way to right-center, but Colorado RF Brandon Barnes ran it down. Nady then hit into a 1-6-3 double play to end it.
Kennedy deserved a better fate, working 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2. On more a positive note, Chase Headley pinch-hit righthaned in the eighth and lined a single to left.
The Padres will host San Francisco this weekend. Expect lots of Orange and Black downtown. Projected starters are Tyson Ross opposite Matt Cain tomorrow, Eric Stults vs Tim Hudson Saturday, and Robbie Erlin against Tim Lincecum on Sunday.